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Big Ten football schedule: Nov. 3 start times still unknown

Kickoff times for the Nov. 3 slate of Big Ten games are still unknown because of television coverage.

Leon Halip

Television coverage is a major part of college football. As a result, fans and teams will have to wait a bit longer for kickoff times of Big Ten games scheduled for Nov. 3.

ABC/ESPN exercised its six-day pick option for Nov. 3, which will give them more time to set which games they will broadcast. The Iowa-Indiana game will not be on the ESPN family of networks, so instead that game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

The remaining games, which include Michigan State-Nebraska, Michigan-Minnesota, Illinois-Ohio State and Penn State-Purdue, will air either on ABC, ESPN, the Big Ten Network, ESPN2 or ESPNU. Kickoffs will be scheduled for either 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. ET.

Kickoff times and television coverage will be finalized after this Saturday's games. The reason for the delay is to allow ESPN to place higher-profile games on the most viewed networks. By waiting until after this week's games, the network can ensure they have a desirable matchup.